…three different languages didn’t work, I must need a fourth.
(I posted this on WordPress, and this short invitation to a select FB group. PRIVATE, not yet ready for prime time. Please add others you think can help further this notion, but don’t “share” or open up to just anyone! Comment on FB, if we keep the audience limited we can speak freely!)
I just saw an official Trump-connected Facebook post recruiting sheeples to join forces against “fake news”. The latest overt attack against independent media, free press, freedom of speech…a.k.a our First Amendment rights. That’s the 1st for good reason, but it’s in serious trouble.
Sane people are dumbfounded that so many actually fall for this crap hook, line and sinker. To most consciously breathing people around the world this president is the #1 notorious lie-peddler, the premier purveyor of mis / disinformation and outright stupid flaming falsehoods that are too easy to debunk. Domestic and international credibility is pretty much flushed down the toilet and people who want to know the truth are hard-pressed to find it.
Trust No One….it’s our current reality, will it become our legacy?
He is attacking the vital democratic foundations of an independent press / free speech, and free thought along with the notion of an independent judiciary and FBI. He ignores the most sophisticated intelligence community in the world, choosing instead to spew made up stuff and Fox sound bytes because he’s a really smart guy. Anything negative about him is lies and fake news, and he tries to insult and bully his way through undeniably true but unflattering information and the messengers. He’s getting away with it, his base loves it! Mutts licking the hand, showing unconditional adoration to a cruel master, even through the beatings.
End of Rant, What Now?
There’s growing noise about our “democratic” system being a complete, overtly corrupt failure. Won’t go into the why’s and what for’s here, it is what it is. The big question: can either party clean up its act enough to be considered worth keeping around? Or is it time for a third party? My opinion, shared by a growing number: We the People deserve better choices for representation, We the People demand real representation for our votes.
We the People need to get OUR act together to stop this madness. No Lone Ranger on his / her way.
Question du Jour….how would a third party gain a foothold?
What Can WE Do, Here and Now?
There’s more ideas out there, just wanted to salt the mine and find a few of the right miners!
Real information can be a powerful lever–valid sources, clear messages, meaningful subject matter. Build knowledge, understanding, awareness, involvement. The right people cannot refuse to do something. What about the hard core “other side”? Cut ‘em loose, minimize losses, refuse to engage in mindless pissing matches. They’ve chosen to be on the wrong side of history, it’s normally a waste of energy, the ARE NOT the majority. There’s plenty to do without them, plenty of good people to cover their absence.
ACTION: collaborate on building an anonymous information clearinghouse, a closed group FB page? A source of real information that is snowballed out via personal channels. No huge discussions, just information gathering, clarifying and validation when needed. The collaborators all have their favorite sources, leverage strength in numbers. When sharing, tag with the mantra “share if you care”…or ??? to encourage broad dissemination.
Also, serve as hub / point of entry for various progressive movements / organizations, only valid players! Have contact information available and occasionally promote them
When Leaders Act Like Kids, Kids Step Up and Lead.
There’s a bright ray of sunshine peeking out from behind the Florida 17 cloud–a national movement that must be nurtured into maturity! I teach, so I reach some kids. But I don’t connect with too many on social media and my hands are just a little tied as far as how much I can use the podium to preach. We need a conscious outreach!
ACTION: Connect with the numerous “Never Again” organizations / FB pages and the emerging major players. These people are already leaning the right way, but they will be under serious attack from bad influencers. ASAP, (1) initiate a “Register and VOTE” campaign; (2) help new voters / kids in general access valid and meaningful, progressive-leaning information.
No categories, no tags hash or otherwise, keeping this relatively quiet for now. That’s all from me…what’s on you mind?